The American Artist Weekend With the Masters events are always a whirlwind of activity—new people to meet, alluring art to gawk over, and then there are the workshops. Articulate, passionate artist-instructors share their own particular artistic visions and instruct group classes on the more formal aspects of painting and drawing.
Usually one artist leads one workshop, but at the event in California, two artists—Scott Burdick and Daniel Gerhartz—came together on stage and, working from the same model, created two separate portraits. It was awesome! You had two artists beginning at the same starting point, but finishing in two different places, all the while spelling out their individual process—why they were doing what they were doing and telling us what was going on in their heads. It was the epitome of seeing how style and vision carry artists along highly individualized paths. Yet at the same time there was such a rapport and mutuality in their processes, especially when it came to the advice and tips they gave to the artists in the audience on everything from the “secrets” they’ve learned about painting to how to create a compelling portrait.
I was hooked as soon as the artists began painting. The time flew, and in the end I came away understanding how each artist approached his portrait painting, what techniques they adhered to, and what was important to them as practitioners. They let it all unfold right in front of us, and we captured it all. This free video clip shows Burdick and Gerhartz discussing how to evaluate light and shadow to lend the illusion of volume to a form—in this case, the human head.